David Anderson Appointed President of CASA Board of Directors

by Mandy Hicks

On behalf: CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) of South Central Kentucky
Contact: Jana Sublett, Executive Director – 270.782.5353

CASA Welcomes New Board Members and Officers

CASA of South Central KY voted in a new slate of board members and officers at their Annual Meeting held on Thursday, January 16th, 2020 at ELPO Law. The industry diverse new board members are:
Ashley Allen – Graves Gilbert Clinic
Madison Martin – WBKO TV
Don Sergent – Bowling Green Daily News
Dr. Suman Shekar – Med Center Health
Geoff Turk – Holley Performance Products

They join an established and active group of Board Members and Executive Committee officers that include:

Board President David Anderson (ELPO Law)*

Board Past President Joshua Heffinger (Essity)*

Board Vice President David Cobb (Strategic IT Consulting)*

Board Treasurer Rachel Hudgell (BKD, LLP)

Board Assistant Treasurer Kristine Barron (Western KY University)*

Board Secretary Beth Miller (Bluegrass Supply Chain)

Board Member Brooke Canary (The JPR Group)

Board Member Michael Delaney (City of Bowling Green/BG Police Department)

Board Member Tiffany Hendrick (Southern KY Smiles)

Board Member Erin Lanphear (Faulkner Insurance/Nationwide)

Board Member Kara Neidell (Western KY University)

Board Member Stephen Ogden (Stephen Lee Ogden Design)

Board Member Clay Pendleton (BB&T)

Board Member Corey Render (Morgantown Bank & Trust)

Board Member Emily Robbins (Morgan Stanley)

Board Member Katelyn Traughber Simpson

*Denotes new Executive Committee member position

“We are all very excited about the great momentum our organization has,” states Executive Director Jana Sublett. “Securing new, talented board members is key in continuing our growth and insuring we reach our goals of advocating for more vulnerable children in the coming years. We are truly honored to have these individuals on our team.”

“I am confident that these 21 individuals will help CASA reach their goals of advocating for more abused and neglected children in the coming year,” reports new Board of Directors President, David Anderson. “We have been charged with a great task of making sure this very important service to our community continues the momentum it has and is able to bridge the gap between the children it serves and the number of vulnerable children who need us.”

CASA of South Central Kentucky is a non-profit agency that advocates for the best interests of abused, neglected, and dependent children who have been introduced into the Family Court systems around the region. CASA recruits and trains concerned citizens to volunteer and independently work in the court system to serve as the child’s advocate and court representative.

Established in 1999, CASA of South Central Kentucky and its 93 advocate volunteers served 256 abused, neglected, and dependent children around the region in 2019. Typically, the children CASA advocates for have been removed from their biological parents and placed in foster care due to no fault of their own. The Board of Directors are tasked with fiscal and programmatic governance of the organization and carry a number of duties throughout the year including fundraising and mission awareness.

The number of children in need of CASA continues to rise each year. The Kentucky Administrative Office of the Court (AOC) reported 1,293 cases of neglect, abuse, and dependency in the CASA of South Central KY service region (Barren, Hart, Metcalfe, & Warren Cos.) in 2019. For community-involved citizens who wish to be the voice for a child within the court, you can find out more about the program’s mission on their website – Applications and other forms for the next training can be found on the site at, or for more information, contact Advocate Development Specialist, Steve Jones – 270.782.5353 or For more information on how to donate or become a sponsor for an upcoming CASA event, go to: